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Shipping a motorcycle to New Zealand


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If you’re considering purchasing a motorcycle overseas and shipping it to New Zealand, or importing a motorcycle as part of your immigration, then let us help.

Taurus Logistics and our overseas partners, offer full crating, pickup, and shipping services from door to door, and take all the hassle out of the red tape and quarantine issues. So whether your wanting to ship a Harley Davidson from USA, or import a Triumph from a small town in the UK, we have the people and resources to take care of everything for you.

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15-30 second response for 80% of quotes assessed using our automated system. For more complex jobs, one of our team will email you a quote within 24hours.

What restrictions are there on importing motorcycles to New Zealand?

Unlike some countries such as Australia, there is no restriction on how many, or how often you import motorcycles. There are also no restrictions on importing new or used motorbikes.

However, if you intend to import your motorcycle for road use, you will need to ensure it complies with New Zealand standards which can be obtained from NZ Transport Agency.

Do Taurus supply shipping crates, or can I supply my own?

Yes in most locations we can build a custom crate for you. If you intend to build your own crate, it must comply with the following to be accepted for shipping to New Zealand.

  • Vehicles If constructing from timber the timber MUST be ISPM15 certified. This timber is heat treated and stamped with ISPM15 on the timber.
  • The motorcycle crate MUST be fully enclosed, and be constructed to enable other cargo to be loaded around and possibly on top of the crate without causing damage to the motorcycle.
  • Steel frame crates which new bikes are shipped in are in most cases NOT suitable, because they are designed only to be stacked and loaded with other new bikes from the same manufacturer. They can’t be loaded with other cargo.

What GST/Duty is payable on Imported Motorcycles

There is no Duty on Motorcycles. GST is payable at 15% on the landed value of the motorcycle. This is the cost of the motorbike, plus Insurance & Freight, otherwise known as the CIF price. You may be exempt from GST, so please read below section

Criteria for GST Exemption on imported Motorbikes

Depending on your immigration status you may be eligible for GST exemption on importing your motorcycle. We apply to New Zealand Customs on your behalf, and Customs review on a case by case basis. In general if you meet below criteria you will be successful in exemption.

  • Be a first time immigrant or a returning New Zealand citizen.
  • If a returning citizen, you must have been out of New Zealand for over 21 months.
  • Be prepared to sign a deed where you agree not to sell the motocycle for at least 2 years.
  • Motorcycle must have been owned and used for last 12 months.
  • You MUST be physically in New Zealand in order to claim exemption.
    • …and you must provide the following documents:
    • Proof of ownership over the last 12 months
    • Purchase receipt for the motorbike or a current NZ valuation from a local dealer

What our customers say

  • David MurrayThe motorbike arrived on time and in the same condition it left in, I have no reservation recommending Taurus Logistics to anyone.

    David Murray
  • John Ruskinexceptional piece of workmanship and I was more than happy with the due care taken

    John Ruskin Wellington
  • Richard JacombYou and Hayley were most helpful… And I would have no problem using Taurus again or recommending you to others

    Richard Jacomb Wellington
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Unit 4, 245 St Asaph St,
Christchurch, 8011, New Zealand


+64 3 358 5154
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